Sohan Singh Bhullar, a prominent business community leader of Indian-origin in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, has died due to brain tumour. He was 76.
Bhullar, who founded the successful Bhullar Brothers company, was born in the Bhullar village of Punjab. He followed his older brothers Mohan and Bakshish to the UK in 1956.
In 1958, he opened a small grocery shop in the front room of his house, which is believed to be the first Asian store in Yorkshire.
He then went on to open a series of business establishments in association with his family.
Apart from his business interests, Bhullar helped in setting up the first Sikh temple in Huddersfield in the early 1960s. He was also instrumental in starting the Indian Workers' Association.
His charitable work helped pay for hospitals and schools in India.
In a statement, his family said: "Sohan Singh Bhullar was a stalwart and energetic individual who had worked tirelessly all his life to build up good community relations with all the different faith groups.
"His hard work, tenacity and larger than life personality were some of the key personal attributes which he will be remembered for. He was the kind of person who would not hesitate to help others in need."
Bhullar leaves behind his wife Rajinder, sons Inderjit and Jatinderjit, daughters Satwant and Jaswant and 10 grandchildren.
His funeral will be held at the Sikh temple in London on Friday.